The Muslim Khilafa

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Gharm Allah Al-Ghamdy
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 10 | Size: 1 MB

Khalifa is an Arabic word literally meaning “one who replaces someone else who left or died” (English: caliph). In the context of Islam, however, the word acquires a narrower meaning. The Muslim Khalifa is the successor (in a line of successors) to Prophet Muhammad’s position as the political, military, and administrative leader of the Muslims. The prophetic role of Muhammad is strictly not included in this definition, as the Qur’an and Hadith clearly state that Muhammad was the last of the prophets. Khilafa is a related Arabic word which, in the context of Islam, is used to denote the government of the Muslim state, of which the Khalifa is the head. A workable analogy of Khalifa and Khilafa is president and presidency or king and monarchy. The Khilafa is a fard kifaya on the ummah.

Contents:

# Definition of Khilafa and Khalifa
# The duties and responsibilities of the Khalifa
# The prerequisites to becoming the Khalifa
# How the Khalifa may be chosen
# The Majlis-Ash-Shura
# How the Majlis-ash-Shura selects the Khalifa
# Using force to choose the Khalifa
# Disobeying and removing the Khalifa
# Who has the authority to remove a bad Khalifa
# The removal of the Khalifa
# The Khilafa of Abu Bakr

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